The Equibase line for 6-year-old Fancy Hat in the 8th Wednesday at Keeneland was, to those familiar with Racing’s euphemisms, bleak: “went bad…vanned off.” While confirmations on Kentucky kills are usually difficult to come by (their response to my FOIA request), this one, at least, was covered in the press. In reporting the death – a “fatal fracture” – the Lexington Herald-Leader added this from jockey Brian Hernandez Jr: “Just an unfortunate accident.”

Speechless – again.